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January 19, 2021

Your CFA Update on COVID-19

Ontario extends nearly all emergency orders under Reopening Ontario Act another 30 days

Ontario has announced it is extending nearly all emergency orders under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA) for an additional 30 days.

The government made the announcement on Saturday morning, saying the extension of most orders under the ROA will help to "preserve our health care capacity and protect Ontarians until everyone can be vaccinated."

The orders under the ROA, which were set to expire on Jan. 20, have been extended until Feb. 19.

CFA expects that these orders will be further extended in mid February for another 30 days.

Virtual Advocacy and COVID-19: Lessons Learned and Looking Forward

Our friends at Temple Scott Associates are hosting a webinar that CFA members on what impactful government relations looked like in 2020 and what does 2021 hold in store?

The webinar is Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 2:00 PM EDT

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Pfizer to temporarily reduce vaccine deliveries to Canada,

Canada will not be receiving any shipments of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine doses next week, which the federal government says will be the hardest hit the country gets during a month-long shortage in deliveries from the drug giant.

The news Canada will be experiencing a “temporary” delay in shipments resulting in an average weekly reduction of 50 per cent of coming doses due to the pharmaceutical company’s expansion plans at its European manufacturing facility came on Friday. 

On Tuesday, Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin who is leading Canada’s logistical rollout revealed that in reality, while this week’s shipment includes 82 per cent of what was originally planned, next week no new deliveries of doses will be coming to this country.

That means over the next two weeks Canada is set to receive just over 171,000 vaccine doses instead of the more than 417,000 planned before Pfizer announced its delay.

N.L. heading to the polls on Feb. 13

Newfoundland and Labrador voters will head to the polls Feb. 13, a Saturday — a first for an election in the province.

Liberal Leader Andrew Furey, at a kickoff rally at Confederation Building Friday evening, referenced the province's ballooning debt, struggling oil industry and vast public service spending as he announced the general election. Furey was mandated by law to hold an election within 12 months of his swearing-in last summer, when he took over party leadership from former premier Dwight Ball.

New Democratic Party Leader Alison Coffin said Friday she'll campaign on the promise of bringing the priorities of every resident to the forefront, ensuring their needs are addressed in the legislature. The NDP harbours concerns about affordability and the health-care system, she said. She expects a full slate of candidates by election day.

The provincial Tories are running a campaign on job growth, which leader Ches Crosbie characterizes as the most efficient way to revive the province's floundering economy.

Canadians leaving big cities in record numbers: Statistics Canada

According to a new Statistics Canada report, Montreal and Toronto both saw a record loss of people from July 2019 to July 2020 as urban-dwellers moved to the suburbs, smaller towns and rural areas. 

Toronto lost 50,375 people over those 12 months while nearby Oshawa, Ont. saw its population grow by 2.1 per cent — the fastest population growth in the country. Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo in Ontario and Halifax were tied for the second-fastest growth, at 2 per cent. 

Over the same period, Montreal lost 24,880 people, while nearby communities such as Farnham, Que. and Saint-Hippolyte, Que. saw their populations rise.

Experts say the pandemic has accelerated the urban-to-suburban trend as more employers shift to a work-from-home model and young, first-time buyers look beyond the city for more affordable properties. 


Joint/Common Employer: How to Protect Your Business in 2021 and Beyond
Monday, January 25, 2021 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Free for CFA Members | $25 for Non-Members
Speakers: David Druker, President, The UPS Store Canada; Andraya Frith, Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP; Sundeep Gokhale, Management Side Labour and Employment Lawyer, Sherrard Kuzz LLP; Ken Otto, CEO, Redberry Restaurants
Did you know that Joint/Common Employer could hurt your business as much as COVID-19? It is the biggest threat facing franchisors and franchisees in Canada and around the world. Joint employer has recently popped up in B.C.!
Join us on January 25 for this special webinar as we learn from CFA member experts about what common employer is, what it means for franchisors, what it means for franchisees, how to avoid common employer status, unionization and franchise law, the implications of recent Labour Relations Board (LRB) and Court decisions, COVID-19 implications on common employer, and how to protect your business and your investment.

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